I am a freelance multimedia journalist based in Edinburgh. Find out more about me here.

Newspapers aren’t dead. But whether weekly or daily, they’re often out of date before they’ve hit the newsstands. The Guardian recently announced its plans to go ‘digital first‘, meaning the website will continue to feature breaking news, while the paper will lean more towards in-depth analysis and maybe even long-form journalism. I’m not certain, but I reckon they’ll start using online story-telling tools in their reporting.

There are plenty of good reasons to use online tools. Chiefly, more voices often means more sides to a story, which, for most reporters, is a key aim of journalism.

So how can journalists report breaking news, other than write up the report as quickly as possible? There are lots of free online tools available to help us tell stories without having to write and constantly update a single news piece. Over the next month I’ll touch on live blogs, audio, collaborative platforms and ways to use Twitter. We’ll hopefully have some guest contributions highlighting tools I didn’t know about either.

I’m not claiming any of this is brand spanking new. But if you’ve only ever typed things up as text, maybe you’ll find something here to save you time or bring in other voices to your stories.


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